2018 Montgomery County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 24, 2019

I. Executive Summary

In 2018, the Cooperative Extension Staff of the Montgomery County Center was proud to serve the citizens of Montgomery County. In order to meet the needs of Montgomery County Citizens, Extension Agents had 13,271 face to face contacts which included 916 hours of workshops, seminars, and hands-on demonstrations with 4549 registered participants. Montgomery County Cooperative Extension Staff also responded to 108,933 citizens through telephone, email, Facebook, Newsletters, and other non-face to face methods providing educational information and resources.

Volunteers worked with agents to expand Extension programming efforts by contributing 4115 hours of service; a value of over $101,599. In addition to this number, $66,881 were collected through donations, fundraisers, grants, and user fees to help expand programming and opportunities for Montgomery County Citizens.

3,684 youth were involved in at least 6 hours of 4-H activities this year. 166 youth were registered members of a club and attended regular meetings. 441 youth were registered as "at large" members and participated in special educational programs offered by Extension agents throughout the year. 22 youth attended overnight camp and 64 participated in a week-long day camp experience at Millstone 4-H Camp. Youth activities both inside and outside of schools contribute significantly to school achievement and overall development through the programs we offer to youth. 2,765 youth participated in school enrichment activities offered by Extension and 226 children participated in after-school programming offered by Extension. 14 youth strengthened their research and reasoning skills by participating in County, District, and/or State level presentation competitions bringing home gold, silver, and bronze State Medals. 32 high school students spent the year developing leadership skills, learning about local and state government, and participating in community service activities. 4-H teens also had the opportunity to participate in many activities inside and outside the county including, NC 4-H Congress, NC Youth Summit, NC Citizenship Focus, Teen Retreat, and National 4-H Congress.

Family and Consumer Sciences programming addressed healthy eating, physical activity, chronic disease risk reduction, parenting, food safety, and financial literacy. Programs included: The Speedway to Healthy Curriculum and exhibit for all after-school programs, Simple Snacks program for 4-Her’s, Work-site Wellness/Healthy Eating Made Simple workshops, Healthy Pressure Cooking classes, Cooking with Fresh Produce, Eat Smart Live Strong series for seniors, NC Safe Plates Food Manager Certification Course, Food Preservation Workshops, and an “Adulting 101” program for teens. NCA&T’s Try Healthy program provided a 6-week nutrition program to all NC Pre-K students in the county, and NCSU’s Steps To Health program included an eight-week nutrition program at Troy and Candor elementary.

Montgomery County Cooperative Extension partnered with the Montgomery County After School Program to provide the Dirty Hands, Healthy Hearts Program. This was a 6-week program in which 244 children, at 5 different after-school programs, engaged in nutrition, gardening, and physical activity lessons. To encourage behavior change, participants were given healthy snacks, plants to care for and take home at the end of the program, and other educational extenders including jump ropes, water bottles, and chop-chop magazines. To encourage additional physical activity outside of the program, the youth were each given a pedometer and challenged to record their exercises each week. Anyone who turned in their exercise log was entered into a drawing for one of four Fitbits. Teaching the horticulture component allowed the Horticulture Agent to interact with children that a majority had no background in growing plants or looking after plants. Therefore, the basics of photosynthesis, soils, plant germination, seeds, and pollination were taught along with growing lettuce plants in outside raised beds. An initial and final evaluation was conducted to determine how much the children had learned and the results showed that 87% increased their knowledge and 100% enjoyed being a part of the program.

Agricultural programs conducted in Montgomery County included regular educational and informational sessions for Beekeepers Association, Cattlemen’s Association, Master Gardeners, and Peach Growers. Extension taught a tomato grafting workshop, Tomato 101, Pumpkin Basics, Season Extension workshop on High and Low tunnel use, Photosynthesis for middle grades, Basic Gardening classes for both adults and youth, Forestry Teleconferences, Pesticide and Waste Applicator trainings, Field Days, Farm Tours, Environmental and Agriculture Awareness days for middle schoolers who learned how farmers take care of the environment by using sustainable farming practices to conserve natural resources and lessen the effects of erosion. This program increased awareness and understanding by connecting children and teachers to agriculture in a positive, hands-on way. April through October at the Farmer’s Market, weekly programs focused on cooking/tasting demonstrations, sweet corn, and sweet potato variety tasting and demos, pressure canning safety/dial testing, and planting container gardens. Another program that was developed by the Horticulture Agent was the Wacky Weather Summer Fun 4-H Camp. This program was outside the scope of agriculture but taught how weather interacts with our daily lives and how it relates to agriculture. These topics taught included weather and climate, hurricanes, low and high-pressure systems, and weather reporting. The children were even given the task to report the weather on the second day of the camp before taking a trip to FOX8 news to meet with the chief meteorologist; Van Denton. The results from the final evaluation from this camp showed that overall 100% of the children enjoyed the camp and learned how weather directly impacts agriculture.

The Livestock show was a success again this year. Children that compete in Livestock Shows learn a variety of employability and entrepreneurship skills. They motivate themselves and those around them to succeed. Livestock Showmen become contributing members of society, active leaders in their communities and grow into adults that instill all of these characteristics into the next generation. There were 165 animals registered between 85 showmen with over 250 spectators.

II. County Background

Montgomery County is a small, rural county in central North Carolina. According to the latest census, the population is approximately 27,820 with 63.9% white, 19.2% black, 1.6% Asian, American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8% and 14.5% Hispanic or Latino. Located at the geographic center of North Carolina, Montgomery County offers businesses unrivaled access to the region, the state, and the eastern United States. A vast transportation network, available buildings and land, a prime location, countless outdoor recreation opportunities, and small town quality of life are just a few of the reasons businesses and employees succeed here. Our location makes Montgomery County a beautiful place to live and do business. We are close to everything, yet we are still able to maintain the small town values that make us who we are.

Montgomery County Cooperative Extension conducted an extensive environmental scan utilizing surveys, focus groups, one-on-one interviews and advisory committee meetings. The Advisory Leadership Council then prioritized the needs of the county citizens and selected to continue to address the following objectives with an addition to address a growing interest in local foods:

• Profitable and Sustainable Plant and Animal Production Systems
• Safety and Security of our Food and Farm Systems
• School to Career (Youth and Adults)
• Community Development
• Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Chronic Disease Risk Reduction
• Volunteer Readiness
• Local Food Systems

Montgomery County Cooperative Extension staff will design, implement and evaluate educational programming in the identified areas to bring about positive change for the citizens of Montgomery County.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

North Carolina's plant production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.

North Carolina's animal production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.

Value* Outcome Description
636Number of animal producers increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, and/or skills as related to: 1. Best management production practices (cultural, nutrient, and genetics) 2. Pest/insect, disease, weed, wildlife management 3. Financial/Farm management tools and practices (business, marketing, government policy, human resources) 4. Alternative agriculture, bioenergy, and value-added enterprises
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
636Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
25Number of waste management certifications gained or maintained due to Extension education efforts
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Producers will increase sales of food locally to more agriculturally aware consumers through market development, producer and consumer education, and new farmer and infrastructure support.

Value* Outcome Description
28Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
348Number of adults (including producers, food business owners, etc.) who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
370Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
20Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
370Number of individuals who learn how to prepare local foods, including through use of home food preservation techniques.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
7Number of new and existing access points for consumers that expand or improve their offering of local fruits and vegetables. Access points include farmers markets, retail stores, school food programs, community gardens, institutions other than schools (e.g. hospitals, universities, etc.), and other systems/access points not noted (e.g. restaurants, etc.).
18Number of producers selling their agricultural products to local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional) for consumption in NC.
7Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue.
2Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period).
5Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
45Number of pounds of local foods donated for consumption by vulnerable populations.
5Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden, and if also reporting under Urban and Consumer Horticulture Objective, divide up the reported number appropriately between the two objectives to avoid duplication.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Agricultural producers, workers, food handlers and consumers will adopt safer food and agricultural production, handling, and distribution practices that reduce workplace and home injuries/illnesses, enhance food security, and increase the quality and safety of food that North Carolinians prepare and consume.

Value* Outcome Description
6Number of food service employees receiving ServSafe certification
11Number of participants trained in safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
9TOTAL number of food handlers receiving food safety training and education in safe food handling practices (new required data for federal reporting)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
7Number of participants implementing ServSafe
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Individuals and groups will acquire leadership and decision making capacities needed to guide and actively participate in local and state organizations.

Value* Outcome Description
73Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
12Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
55Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
58Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
73Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
1Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
58Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
55Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Youth and adults will address community issues and/or challenges through volunteerism.

Value* Outcome Description
26Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
41Number of youth participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
1Number of adult participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
10Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
10Number of hours youth volunteer training conducted
2Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
8Increased number of hours contributed by trained youth volunteers
2Increased number of hours contributed by trained adult volunteers
5Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
3Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
4Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
9Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
4Number of youth volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
1Number of adult volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Community members, organizations and local government will engage in collaborative dialog and decision-making to build economically, socially and environmentally resilient communities. This will be done through inclusive engagement, partnership building, and/or community planning.

Parents and caregivers will effectively use recommended parenting, self care practices and community resources.

Value* Outcome Description
32Number of youth and adults increasing knowledge of life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
71Number of adults increasing their knowledge of community resources
62Number of adults and professionals increasing their knowledge of human development over the life course and emerging best practices in parenting and caregiving
9Number of parents and other caregivers of children increasing their knowledge of positive parenting practices (such as communication and discipline)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
22Number of youth and adults using effective life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
9Number of parents/other caregivers of children adopting positive parenting practices (such as communication and discipline)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Adults and youth will apply financial management practices to increase their economic security, which include to: meet basic necessities, increase savings, reduce debt, and build long-term assets.

Value* Outcome Description
34Number of people gaining basic financial management knowledge and/or skills (such as; budgeting, record keeping, goal setting, writing goals, consumer decision-making)
15Number of people gaining knowledge and/or skills in managing financial products and financial identity (such as; credit, debt management, identify theft, credit reports and scores, scams, banking skills)
15Number of people gaining knowledge and/or skills to increase family economic security (such as; how to access: SNAP benefits, SHIIP Medicare Part D; food cost management, cost comparison skills, shop for reverse mortgages, select long term care insurance, etc.)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
13Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
387Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
145Total number of female participants in STEM program
18Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
145Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
91Number of adults increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
85Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
41Number of adults increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
13Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
345Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
85Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
41Number of adults gaining career / employability skills
145Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
41Number of adults gaining entrepreneurship skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Youth and adult program participants will make healthy food choices, achieve the recommended amount of physical activity and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases.

Value* Impact Description
26Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
573Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
559Number of participants increasing their physical activity
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 12,974
Non face-to-face** 95,662
Total by Extension staff in 2018 108,636
* Face-to-face contacts include contacts that Extension personnel make directly with individuals through one-on-one visits, meetings, and other activities where staff members work directly with individuals.
** Non face-to-face contacts include contacts that Extension personnel make indirectly with individuals by telephone, email, newsletters, news articles, radio, television, and other means.

V. Designated Grants Received by Extension

Type of GrantAmount
Contracts/Grants $44,600.00
Gifts/Donations $6,201.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $13,080.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $3,000.00
Total $66,881.00

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.69
4-H: 455 3,455 4,474 $ 85,304.00
Advisory Leadership System: 12 24 15 $ 593.00
Extension Community Association: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Extension Master Gardener: 17 42 122 $ 1,037.00
Other: 98 594 1,490 $ 14,666.00
Total: 582 4115 6101 $ 101,599.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Montgomery Advisory Leadership Council
Janno Lewis
Debbi Musika
Bruce Thompson
Lane Poole
Lowell Russell
Cindy Taylor
Don Thompson
Kayla Shomaker
Archie Smith
Myra Taylor
Gary Dunn
Jeremy Martin
Charles Lucas
Shirley Harris
David Clark
Family and Youth Program Committee
Kimberly Burger
Kristen Cook
Kimberly Berger
Linda Sedberry
Chanda Stokes
Cindy Taylor
Vance Thomas
Jessica Blake
Montgomery County Agriculture Advisory Board
Benny Hampton
Archie Smith
Boon Chesson
Jeremy Haywood
Jimmie Byrd
Ray Allen
Bruce Thompson
Andrew Gahagan, Ex Officio-County Planner
Joseph Huntley, Ex Officio-Soil and Water
Bee Keepers Board
Molly Kinney
Bill Tingen
Ron Kinney
Patty Tingen
Buck Lewis
Janno Lewis
Nancy Rupert
Cattleman Board
Archie Smith
Eddie Maness
Danny & Sondra McRae
David Hurley
Jeff Maness
Gene & Charlon McNeill
Mitchell Scheer
Donald Bulla
Jack Callicutt Jr.
Jim Chandler
Jeremy Haywood
Franklin Byrd
Horticulture Advisory Committee
David Clark
Meng Kong
Charles Lucas
Gary Dunn
Jennifer Hare
Joyce Morris Hicks
Faye Strider

VIII. Staff Membership

Molly Alexi
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (910) 576-6011
Email: molly_alexi@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: County Extension Director; Community and Rural Development; and Family and Consumer Science

Candice Christian
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9148
Email: Candice_Christian@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: The overall goal of the Area Specialized Agents (ASAs) in Consumer & Retail Food Safety is to support FCS Agents in delivering timely and evidence-based food safety education and information to stakeholders in North Carolina.

Marti Day
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy
Phone: (919) 542-8202
Email: marti_day@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for educational programs for dairy farmers, youth with an interest in dairy projects and the general public with an interest in dairy foods and the dairy industry.

Kim Gibson
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (910) 576-6011
Email: kim_gibson@ncsu.edu

Richard Goforth
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (704) 283-3801
Email: richard_goforth@ncsu.edu

Chrissy Haynes
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (910) 576-6011
Email: chrissy_haynes@ncsu.edu

Marissa Herchler
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety (FSMA Programs)
Phone: (919) 515-5396
Email: marissa_herchler@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Marissa is an Area Specialized Agent for animal food safety, with emphasis on the new Food Safety Modernization Act rules, as they apply to feed mills in North Carolina. Please contact Marissa with any FSMA related questions, or PCQI training inquiries.

Sequoia Hill
Title: Nutrition Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (910) 576-6011
Email: shill3@ncsu.edu

Stacey Jones
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Commercial Nursery and Greenhouse
Phone: (704) 920-3310
Email: stacey_jones@ncsu.edu

Colby Lambert
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Forestry
Phone: (910) 814-6041
Email: colby_lambert@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities and technical support to forest landowners, agents, and forest industry in eastern North Carolina.

Bill Lord
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Water Resources
Phone: (919) 496-3344
Email: william_lord@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Water quality education and technical assistance

Deborah Malarz
Title: Program Assistant
Phone: (910) 576-6011
Email: deborah_malarz@ncsu.edu

Currey Nobles
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9520
Email: canobles@ncsu.edu

Rhonda Peters
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (910) 576-6011
Email: rtpeter2@ncsu.edu

Elena Rogers
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety - Fresh Produce Western NC
Phone: (828) 352-2519
Email: elena_rogers@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide educational programs, training and technical support focusing on fresh produce safety to Agents and growers in Western NC.

Brad Thompson
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (910) 576-6011
Email: brad_thompson@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Commerical and Home Fruit and Vegetable Production, Master Gardener's, Beekeeping, Agriculture

Allan Thornton
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: allan_thornton@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Vegetable Extension Specialist. Conducts Extension and applied research programs for commercial vegetable and fruit growers and agents in eastern North Carolina.

Jamie Warner
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock and Forestry
Phone: (910) 576-6011
Email: jamie_warner@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Beef Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Horses, 4-H Livestock, Forages, Forestry, Voluntary Agriculture Districts, Local Foods

Mitch Woodward
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality
Phone: (919) 250-1112
Email: mdwoodwa@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: NC Cooperative Extension's Goals include: - NC's natural resources and environmental quality will be protected, conserved and enhanced. - NC will have profitable, environmentally sustainable plant, animal and food systems. Protecting our environmental resources, particularly drinking water quality, is a top priority in NC. NC Cooperative Extension is a leader in teaching, researching, and accelerating the adoption of effective water quality protection practices.

IX. Contact Information

Montgomery County Center
203 W Main St
Troy, NC 27371

Phone: (910) 576-6011
Fax: (910) 576-2635
URL: http://montgomery.ces.ncsu.edu